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LIFE WITH RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

RA-I Have Rheumatoid Arthritis-Why Are You Walking Away

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. It’s not my fault, so why do I feel to blame. Why do I feel bad for being sick. Are you blaming me too! Rheumatoid Arthritis is to blame. Did it chase you away or do you blame me.

I know this sounds really sad but there are many with chronic diseases that have lost loved ones because they have been sick for what some feel “too long or too often”. No, it’s not our fault but we have to suffer the consequences. It’s a sad day when you’re blamed for the times you’re either too sick or just too tired to get out of bed to do anything and sometimes the sad fact that you’re blaming yourself for this. As much as you try, you just can’t bring yourself to put your feet on the floor to make that first move.

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RA-Finding Yourself Through Rheumatoid Arthritis With Your Limits

Fellow warriors, how are you all doing? My hope is that you’re doing alright. That being said, by having Rheumatoid Arthritis it is such a trying thing and is filled with so much uncertainty, pain and confusion. Do you ever find yourself working beyond your limit. Trying to fill in the gaps that you feel have been left because you were unable to do as much. At some point in your illness do you want to just throw up your hands because of your frustration.

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RA-Look At Me-See Who I Am-I’m Still Me

I have Rheumatoid Arthritis. I may be broken but I am not invisible. I may not look how I once did but I am still the person I have always been. I may be different in many ways but that doesn’t change who I am. I am still the person I was before Rheumatoid Arthritis entered my life. Yes, I have changed in many ways but look at me, see who I still am!

I have a disease that may have altered many things about me. Maybe my hands, my feet, my weight, my walk or even down to my attitude. I may not be able to do as much as I once could or even as often as I once could. You may not see me smile as much and I may cry a lot more. I may frown more than you like or even more than I like myself but that’s life with Rheumatoid Arthritis. You see RA changes the body and mind in ways that many would never imagine but it does not erase me, I’m still here.

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RA-Understanding It’s Okay Not To Be Okay

Hi Warriors. How are you doing? Hope you all are doing well. I’m sure you’re doing your best to be okay while fighting this disease we have to deal with every day, Rheumatoid Arthritis. Even if you’re not doing your best today, don’t feel it’s your fault.

You know, it’s okay not to be okay. We can’t always be our best because we don’t control what happens a day in our lives with RA. Maybe if we take time and look at things that way, we would save ourselves a lot of guilt. The guilt of being burdened with this horrible disease. We can’t dictate our pain and demand our bodies to be okay. We have to learn to accept that no matter how much we try to control Rheumatoid Arthritis, it controls us and we almost always go where it takes us. We have to accept that it’s not our fault that we are not always okay to do what is expected of us when it’s expected of us. The guilt of that needs to be left behind.

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RA- My Chronic Disease-It Is Really That Lonely

I am lonely. How can that be! I sit alone, I lay alone, I go alone, I cry alone so that leaves me alone. Does this sound familiar to you? Well I will tell you, Rheumatoid Arthritis can be a very lonely disease. Just ask some who has this disease and they will tell you it is true.

How can that be I ask again. In reality it’s because you lose love ones, friends, associates and others. They don’t understand this disease and what you’re going through and find they can’t stay around for the long haul. This disease isn’t temporary, it is chronic and real and many just can’t take the Chronic. We of course can’t control RA, it controls us so we’re at its mercy.

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RA-How Do You Make It Through A Day With Rheumatoid Arthritis

Hello Warriors. Hope you all are doing well. Do you wake up with feelings of dread. Feeling tired, pain and broken. Does your body seem to have its own agenda. How are you going to make it through the day you’re already wondering!! That is just a few things on our minds when dealing with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

The pain is overwhelming, the fatigue (how can something be so bad), is even worse. How in the world can I get myself going is the question you’re asking yourself. You struggle through because that’s what you’ve become accustomed too. You put one foot in front of the other and you do what you have to because life with RA does not stop for us. But there are those times no matter what, nothing seems to work. The hot showers nor the pain medication seems to get you moving, therefore giving in is our only option at that time. We cannot always win this struggle.

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RA-Don’t Feel Tormented For Being Sick-It’s Not Your Fault

Rheumatoid Arthritis, not just a symptom but a disease that affects the body. Autoimmune disease that mistakenly attacks its own tissues causing damage to your joints and organs. Left untreated it can get worse and treated, you still have your issues. Imagine living life with a disease that’s working against your body like this each and every day. Imagine being sick each and every day.

Having RA can be tricky. It is different for each one of us. Some of us may have what is known as a mild case, some in between and some a more progressive case, yet we all suffer with the daily pain of having this disease. We each have a choice of taking medication or whether we would like to go another route. Either way, there are those tell, tell signs that comes with having this dreaded monster. The pain, fatigue, brain fog just to name a few. But how do we deal with and how do we allow what others feel about how we cope with RA affect our lives.

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RA-To You Who Don’t Understand Rheumatoid Arthritis

For those of you who don’t understand RA
Let me tell you about a typical day

There’s pain, fatigue and our many, many tears
Along with that, our ongoing fears

We often find ourselves feeling alone and blue
Not quite sure how to cope or exactly what we should do

We’re constantly trying to make things work out
While hoping someday you realize exactly what RA is all about

Yes there’s a lot to know about this complicated disease
So many times it has literally brought us to our knees

But you don’t understand and maybe you never really will
Let us tell you Rheumatoid Arthritis is something you can’t heal

It is forever and always, that’s our terrible reality
A realization that constantly fills us with anxiety

It makes us fight isolation, sadness and depression all in a day
And all of this is just a part of what has become our normal way

So for those of you that don’t understand
We know that it’s possible and we know that you can!

Be Blessed!

RA-Feeling Overwhelmed and Uncertain-You’re Not Alone

Being people with Rheumatoid Arthritis we know there are things that we go through every day. We suffer from aches and pains, headaches, colds, sinus infections, lung infections, stomach problems just to name a few but with all that’s going on today, are you feeling “Overwhelmed,Uncertain and Unsure” because these symptoms aren’t just the symptoms that we’ve been so accustom to having and knowing what they are, now we’re worried they could mean so much more than they every could.

I have to say this has truly been a trying time for me. With Covid19 I’m sure we’re all going through our emotional times. Some of us are afraid to go out or have people around especially since our condition and medication put us at higher risk. There are those of us who wear our mask religiously, wash our hands, disinfect and do all that we can and then more but we’re still overwhelmed. How do we cope with this disease and our new normal.

No one wants to be stressed every day wondering if they’re doing the right things and staying safe or neglecting doctors appointments in an effort at being stay safe. We feel so vulnerable just knowing we can be vulnerable but our resolve is to be strong and do what we can to keep ourselves as safe as possible. But I have to admit, it can be difficult. I am at that age and I have RA and I have a 15 year old in the house. Try telling a healthy athletic young man he can’t play basketball at school because you’re afraid. Thank God school is virtual but what about sports. My husband still works for the post office and he’s being as safe as he can but that can be trying on its own. In so aspects, our lives have to go on.

How do I cope with it all. I am trying meditation and calming myself when I have that uncertain pain or cough or headache or anything that I really didn’t think much off before. I have been praying a lot more for sure. So being overwhelmed and unsure I’m sure is taking its toll on many of us. The stress too is not good for us. It makes our disease even more difficult to handle and makes us feel even worse physically and mentally. So we have to work to find a common ground and that can be a task we have to work on.

For those of you who are feeling overwhelmed at this time, know that you’re not alone. We have so much to deal with just having Rheumatoid Arthritis and all that it does to us each day but now having to worry about a different enemy is very scary. This is a fight for everyone especially for those with compromised immune systems but we can be alright. We can be scared but we must help ourselves through it with the help of others if we have too. Though it’s difficult, let us please try not to let being overwhelmed and unsure take over our peace. If you need someone, reach out even if it’s through a forum because we do understand each other how it is for each other!

Yes, our daily lives with RA can be overwhelming and full of uncertainty but we will do what we can to make it through our days. Thank you for stopping by.

Be Blessed!

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